List of ECW World Television Champions

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The ECW World Television Championship was a professional wrestling television championship contested for in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). It was the secondary title of ECW and currently remains inactive.

Originally, ECW was a member of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), an organization with many member promotions. ECW withdrew as an NWA member in 1994.[1] The championship remained active until April 2001, when ECW filed for bankruptcy. All of ECW's assets were later purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in mid-2003, including the copyrights to ECW's championships.[2] In May 2006, WWE extended its promotion by adding ECW as a third additional brand, the others being Raw and SmackDown, in a brand extension.[3] The ECW World Heavyweight Championship was the only former ECW title to be recommissioned by WWE for the new brand.[4] While this championship remains decommissioned, its records are under the name "ECW Television Championship" on the official WWE website.[5]

Title reigns were determined by professional wrestling matches, often contested under hardcore wrestling regulations, with wrestlers involved in pre-existing scripted feuds, plots and storylines or were awarded the title due to scripted circumstances. Wrestlers were portrayed as either villains or heroes as they followed a series of tension-building events, which culminated in a match or series of matches for the championship.[6]

As implied by its name, the championship could only be won on television or on pay-per-view events. The title was won in one Canadian municipality and in five American states. The inaugural champion was Johnny Hotbody, who defeated Larry Winters at a live event to win the title in August 1992. Rhino, who won the title in September 2000, was the final wrestler to hold the title before ECW filed for bankruptcy. 2 Cold Scorpio had the most reigns as champion, with four. At 700 days, Rob Van Dam's reign from 1998 to 2000 was the longest in the title's history. The Tazmaniac and 2 Cold Scorpio's reigns in 1994 were the shortest title reigns at less than one day. Overall, there were 31 title reigns.

Title history[edit]

Names[edit]

Name Years
NWA-ECW Television Championship August 12, 1992 – August 27, 1994
ECW World Television Championship August 27, 1994 – April 11, 2001

Reigns[edit]

Key
No. Overall reign number
Reign Reign number for the specific champion
Days Number of days held
Defenses Number of successful defenses
N/A Unknown information
<1 Reign lasted less than a day
No. Champion Championship change Reign statistics Notes Ref.
Date Event Location Reign Days Defenses
1 Johnny Hotbody August 12, 1992 Live event Philadelphia, PA 1 31 N/A
Vacated September 12, 1992 Johnny Hotbody legitimately injured his ankle, and as a result, ECW forced him to relinquish the title.
2 Glen Osbourne[a] September 30, 1992 Live event Philadelphia, PA 1 [b] N/A
Vacated February 1993 ECW forced Glen Osbourne to vacate the title to set it up to be defended in a tournament after beginning its television show Hardcore TV.
3 Jimmy Snuka March 12, 1993 Hardcore TV Radnor, PA 1 203 N/A Defeated Glen Osbourne in a tournament final. Aired on April 19, 1993, via broadcast delay.
4 Terry Funk October 1, 1993 NWA Bloodfest: Part 1 Philadelphia, PA 1 43 N/A Aired on October 5, 1993, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.
5 Sabu November 13, 1993 November to Remember Philadelphia, PA 1 113 N/A This was a tag team match featuring Sabu and Road Warrior Hawk against Terry Funk and King Kong Bundy, with Sabu's ECW Heavyweight Championship also on the line.
6 The Tazmaniac March 6, 1994 Hardcore TV Philadelphia, PA 1 <1 N/A Aired on March 15, 1994, via broadcast delay.
7 J.T. Smith March 6, 1994 Hardcore TV Philadelphia, PA 1 41 N/A Aired on March 22, 1994, via broadcast delay.
8 The Pitbull April 16, 1994 Live event Philadelphia, PA 1 27 N/A
9 Mikey Whipwreck May 13, 1994 Hardcore TV Philadelphia, PA 1 92 N/A Aired on May 17, 1994, via broadcast delay.
10 Jason August 13, 1994 Hardcore Heaven Philadelphia, PA 1 83 N/A Aired on August 16, 1994, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.
11 2 Cold Scorpio November 4, 1994 Hardcore TV Hamburg, PA 1 <1 N/A Aired on November 22, 1994, via broadcast delay.
12 Dean Malenko November 4, 1994 Hardcore TV Hamburg, PA 1 134 N/A Aired on November 29, 1994, via broadcast delay.
13 2 Cold Scorpio March 18, 1995 Hardcore TV Philadelphia, PA 2 21 N/A Aired on March 21, 1995, via broadcast delay.
14 Eddie Guerrero April 8, 1995 Three Way Dance Philadelphia, PA 1 104 N/A Aired on April 11, 1995, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.
15 Dean Malenko July 21, 1995 Hardcore TV Tampa, FL 2 7 N/A Aired on August 1, 1995, via broadcast delay.
16 Eddie Guerrero July 28, 1995 Hardcore TV Middletown, NY 2 28 N/A Aired on August 8, 1995, via broadcast delay.[7]
17 2 Cold Scorpio August 25, 1995 Live event Jim Thorpe, PA 3 126 N/A
18 Mikey Whipwreck December 29, 1995 Holiday Hell New York, NY 2 7 N/A This was a match where Scorpio put both his World Television Championship and the ECW World Tag Team Championship held by Scorpio and The Sandman on the line.
19 2 Cold Scorpio January 5, 1996 House Party Philadelphia, PA 4 127 N/A
20 Shane Douglas May 11, 1996 A Matter of Respect Philadelphia, PA 1 21 N/A
21 Pitbull #2 June 1, 1996 Fight the Power Philadelphia, PA 1 21 N/A [8]
22 Chris Jericho June 22, 1996 Hardcore Heaven Philadelphia, PA 1 21 N/A [9]
23 Shane Douglas July 13, 1996 Heat Wave Philadelphia, PA 2 329 30 This was a four-way dance also involving Pitbull #2 and 2 Cold Scorpio. Aired on July 23, 1996, episode of Hardcore TV via broadcast delay.
24 Tazz June 7, 1997 Wrestlepalooza Philadelphia, PA 2 267 43
25 Bam Bam Bigelow March 1, 1998 Living Dangerously Asbury Park, NJ 1 34 5
26 Rob Van Dam April 4, 1998 Hardcore TV Buffalo, NY 1 700 121 Aired on April 8, 1998, via broadcast delay.
Vacated March 4, 2000 N/A Philadelphia, PA Rob Van Dam was legitimately injured, and as a result, The Network forced him to relinquish the title.
27 Super Crazy March 12, 2000 Living Dangerously Danbury, CT 1 27 8 Defeated Rhino in a tournament final
28 Yoshihiro Tajiri April 8, 2000 ECW on TNN Buffalo, NY 1 14 1 Aired on April 14, 2000, via broadcast delay.
29 Rhino April 22, 2000 CyberSlam Philadelphia, PA 1 126 11
30 Kid Kash August 26, 2000 ECW on TNN New York, NY 1 14 2 Aired on September 8, 2000, via broadcast delay.
31 Rhino September 9, 2000 ECW on TNN Mississauga, ON 2 214 10 Rhino was the final wrestler to hold the title. Aired on September 21, 2000, via broadcast delay.
Deactivated April 11, 2001 ECW closed on April 4, 2001, and World Wrestling Entertainment purchased its assets in 2003.

List of combined reigns[edit]

2 Cold Scorpio had the most reigns as champion with four
Rank Wrestler No. of reigns Combined Days
1 Rob Van Dam 1 700
2 Shane Douglas 2 350
3 Rhino 2 340
4 2 Cold Scorpio 4 275
5 Taz 2 267
6 Jimmy Snuka 1 203
7 Dean Malenko 2 141
8 Eddie Guerrero 2 132
9 Sabu 1 113
10 Mikey Whipwreck 2 99
11 Jason 1 83
12 Terry Funk 1 43
13 J.T. Smith 1 41
14 Bam Bam Bigelow 1 34
15 Johnny Hotbody 1 31
16 The Pitbull 1 27
17 Super Crazy 1 27
18 Pitbull #2 1 21
19 Chris Jericho 1 21
20 Yoshihiro Tajiri 1 14
21 Kid Kash 1 14

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ This title change was excluded from the title history published by World Wrestling Entertainment.[5]
  2. ^ This reign lasted between 124 and 151 days.

References[edit]

General
  • "ECW Television Championship reigns by Wrestling Title Histories". Wrestling Title Histories by Royal Duncan and Gary Will. Solie.org. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  • "ECW Television Champions reigns at WWE.com". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
Specific
  1. ^ Loverro, Thorm (2006). The Rise and Fall of ECW. Paul Heyman, Tazz Dreamer, Tazz, Tommy Dreamer. Simon and Schuster. pp. 5–24. ISBN 1-4165-1058-3. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
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  3. ^ "WWE Launches ECW As Third Brand". World Wrestling Entertainment Corporate. 2006-05-26. Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Brett. "An Extreme Debut". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  5. ^ a b "ECW Television Championship History on WWE.com". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  6. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks. Archived from the original on 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2008-12-02.
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (July 28, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (July 28): Lou Thesz wrestles the husband of the world's greatest all-time female athlete". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  8. ^ Hoops, Brian (June 1, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 1): Rogers beats Gomez, Gordman & Goliath, Baba loses PWF Title, Flair Vs. KVE, Lawler Vs. Son, Undertaker Vs. Edge". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Hoops, Brian (June 22, 2015). "On this day in pro wrestling history (June 22): Ric Flair vs. Wahoo, Stan Hansen vs. Nick Bockwinkel cage match, Chris Jericho wins ECW gold". Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online. Retrieved February 19, 2017.